#SwipeItForward was launch in 2016, anchored by Why Accountability and Ending Broken Windows Coalition. The goal was simple: stop the prison pipeline by swiping in Black and Brown riders. We raised funds via community donations and hit the subways in high-targeted areas to swipe our people in. Since then we have done 40+ actions in collaboration with dozens of orgs. We keep us safe.
We resist broken windows policing and the brutality of the NYPD.
Don't get it twisted - #SwipeItForward is an act of self-defense and resistance. It is not ever to be used as a charity project, a tactic to push electoral politics, etc. Anything of the sort will be called out and checked.
No one should go to jail for not having $2.75. Public Transportation is a RIGHT.
For any questions/offers please reach out to the #SwipeItForward Coalition via our Twitter @swipeitforward_nyc . Respect the work of Black leadership by connecting with us before launching anything.
>> IT'S LEGAL TO #SWIPEITFORWARD <<
1. Offer to swipe - Acknowledge the person and ask "Do you need a swipe?" It is illegal to ask for a swipe onto the subway but it is completely fine for you to swipe someone in.
2. Complete your ride - If you have an unlimited card, exit the turnstile before swiping someone in. Unlimited cards are frozen for 14-18mins from when you swipe @ a terminal.
3. Don't accept payment - It's never okay to accept payment for swiping someone in. It might even look suspicious for you to give cash to someone for a card, so just be aware.
4. Move out of the way - Never block a turnstile or prevent people from accessing the terminal. Of course, train congestion is real. Practice common sense.
5. Pass your receipt - The MTA recently increased the number of SelectBus+ routed buses across NYC. On your way off the bus pass your receipt to someone getting on if they need it.